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The Life of Abraham Lincoln

January 7th, 2013

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History Books This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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  1. Rami M.
    January 7th, 2013 at 11:04 | #1


    Growing up in Illinois I learned a great deal about Lincoln. I even built a scale model of his home from a photograph. But I never learned who the man was, the sense of what he would like to talk to, or as a neighbor. This book filled that void in my eduacation, a void that looks even more important in hindsight. I understood the important decisions Lincoln had made and knew the dates he had made them. But I never had been told why he made those decisions and had been so firm in his support of them. It had always bothered me to be told someone was great because they had made great decisions. But in this book we don’t meet the famous Lincoln written about in today’s history books. In this book we met Lincoln as a contemporary of the author. We meet the man Henry Ketcham knew. And it is through his words that I finally got a sense of the man behind all those great decisions.

    Ketcham wrote this book only decades after Lincoln’s death but in that time society and technology had both changed a bit. For example, he mentions how as a result of growing up earlier and on the frontier that Lincoln had not had such modern conveniences as gas lights in his home or sidewalks and paved roads. I got a sense of just how rapidly technology was affecting society even then. And it struck me even more powerfully than seeing the mock-ups of frontier homes had. If Lincoln’s childhood had seemed rough to someone who thought gas lights were advanced he truly had it hard. And the description of the house being open along one side had not made it into any of the books I had previously read. I cannot imagine what winter must have been like for that family.

    When the inevitable ending comes it does so with more sorrow for what a man we lost, not just a president but a person. He had held himself to a very high standard while being compassionate enough to understand if others could not manage to hold themselves to the same. He forgave others their weaknesses but strove to strengthen himself. And he enjoyed a good book more than most while still able to tell a funny story well when it came to be his turn. His heart had been broken but he worked to give what he could of what was left.

    I really feel as if I have only now met the real Abraham Lincoln. And if you read only one book about him, this should be that one.

  2. Jersey Jim
    January 8th, 2013 at 01:52 | #2


    I have read many books about President Lincoln and thought I knew a lot about him. This book provided me with a far better look at who he really was and how and why he thought and acted as he did. If you want better insight into the humanity of this man this is a must read.

  3. C. Jennings
    January 10th, 2013 at 15:58 | #3


    I’ve loved Abraham Lincoln since I read a biography of him in the third grade for a book report. There are no shortages of biographies of the great men in American History and they are all generally variations on the same stories that I learned in the third grade.

    This book is unique in that it is written by a general in the Union Army..though he never mentions that in the book. The author actually knew Lincoln, fought for the Union and can knowledgably speak of the other generals and the civil war as he was involved.

    But this is not a book about Henry Ketcham, much to his credit. It’s a loving book of Lincoln. It is not a book to learn the history of the time, though you do. It’s a book to make you feel as if you actually knew Lincoln. Reading the Eulogies at the end of the book brings tears to your eyes and makes you realize what a truly great man he was. Not just a great President, that’s obvious, but a great man.

  4. R. Sheneman
    January 12th, 2013 at 17:25 | #4


    An excellent look into the life of one of our most trreasured leaders. This is worth your time to read.

  5. John Fraser
    January 13th, 2013 at 10:41 | #5


    I just finished reading this title. I have read modern day witings about President Lincoln. This item was published in 1901 by the author who lived in Lincoln’s times and added personal reflections of Lincoln during the Civil War, Lincoln’s assassination and the subsequent mourning, and the Nation’s collective response to him. The writing was clear, coherent, and very easily read. I learned new things about the man who saved the Union, which I did not glean from modern day authors. Thank you, Amazon Kindle, for bringing this book into my realm of knowledge of one of America’s great, if not the greatest, presidents. Our current leader cannot hold a candle to this man, though he tries mightily to emulate him! They just don’t make ‘em like this any more!

  6. Brent Kelly
    January 19th, 2013 at 21:02 | #6


    Although growing up and spending most of my life in Illinois, I never had read a full biography on this amazing man. This biography captures Lincoln from childhood to his death.

    You owe it to yourself to better understand the life and story of a great president and a even better man.

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